Two South Tongass Accidents Within A Week
July 15, 2019
Today's investigation by the Troopers revealed 19-year-old Eveyln Bercher of Minnesota was operating a northbound 2004 Jeep on South Tongass highway when she lost control of the Jeep after becoming distracted and drove off the roadway.
The Jeep traveled approximately 320 feet going in and out of the northbound ditch and came to rest against a rock wall.
South Tongass EMS responded, Bercher reported wearing her seatbelt and had no complaint of injuries. The Jeep sustained extensive damage.
This is the second accident on the South Tongass Highway within a week. Last Tuesday about 4:11 PM, the Alaska State Troopers received multiple reports of a collision involving a Motorcycle at Mile 3 of the South Tongass Highway.
Trooper's investigation reported that Robert Young, age 30 of Ketchikan was operating a blue 2007 Yamaha Motorcycle northbound on the South Tongass Highway when he lost control of the motorcycle, drove off the roadway striking a mailbox and then ultimately hitting a parked vehicle. Young was trapped underneath the parked vehicle.
South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department responded and was able to free Young from underneath the vehicle. Young was transported to Peace Health Ketchikan Medical Center and later medevaced to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Young was reported in stable condition but suffered serious injuries.
Last Tuesday's accident case is under investigation with the reliminary investigation revealing that Speed appears to be a factor in the Young wreck.
Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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